Hot Summer Nights (2017) – Elijah Bynum

Hot Summer Nights written and directed by Elijah Bynum, is his directorial debut: his script appeared on the Black List in 2013, a survey of the most liked unproduced screenplays of that year. The film is a coming-of-age story that follows Daniel Middleton (Timothée Chalamet) as he is sent to Cape Cod, Massachusetts by hisContinue reading “Hot Summer Nights (2017) – Elijah Bynum”

Good Time (2017) – Safdie Brothers

Good Time, directed by the Safdie brothers, Benny and Josh, is a stress-inducing, pulsating heist film. Written by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein, the film follows Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) as he unsuccessfully robs a bank with his intellectually disabled brother Nick (Benny Safdie) and spends the rest of the film trying to free himContinue reading “Good Time (2017) – Safdie Brothers”

American Psycho (2000) – Mary Harron

American Psycho, directed by Mary Harron and written with Guinevere Turner, is an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel. Set in the 1980s the story follows the increasingly unhinged Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) as he yields to his homicidal urges. Bateman’s voice-over tells us early on, “I simply am not there”, yet what theContinue reading “American Psycho (2000) – Mary Harron”

Nightcrawler (2014) – Dan Gilroy

Nightcrawler, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, paints the portrait of a vile creature that lurks in the darkness preying off of people as a videographer in L.A. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Louis “Lou” Bloom is disturbing, yet compelling, a tension that Gilroy delicately engineers. The plot follows as Lou becomes a stringer, learns more about theContinue reading “Nightcrawler (2014) – Dan Gilroy”

Queen & Slim (2019) – Melina Matsoukas

Melina Matsoukas’ Queen & Slim is an astonishing directorial debut, with an incredible soundtrack and beautiful imagery. The screenplay is by Lena Waithe, from a story by herself and James Frey. The plot follows Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) as they go on the run after killing a police officer in self-defense. WhatContinue reading “Queen & Slim (2019) – Melina Matsoukas”

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) – Barry Jenkins

If Beale Street Could Talk is Barry Jenkins following film after Moonlight (the Best Picture winner in 2017 at the Academy Awards). If Beale Street Could Talk is moving, visually stunning and explores innocent love and intimacy. Based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name, the love story at its core is surrounded byContinue reading “If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) – Barry Jenkins”

Fargo (1996) – Coen brothers

Fargo, directed by Joel Coen and written by both him and his brother Ethan, is another gripping film in their portfolio, as is evident in their winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1997. Not only is the script phenomenal, but the acting is amazing. Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi andContinue reading “Fargo (1996) – Coen brothers”